Iran acquires commercial aircraft ahead of USA sanctions

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In order to pass through tough times ahead the returning U.S. sanctions, we need to promote our cooperation with global power like China, Russia, and the EU, Akhoundi said on August 5, IRNA news agency reported.

Videos on social media in recent days have shown people marching in the streets of several cities, chanting radical slogans.

But US President Donald Trump chose to reimpose punishing sanctions against Iran, whom he has accused of posing a security threat.

Since President Donald Trump announced in May that the USA would be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and restoring sanctions on the country, Washington officials have attempted to convince foreign governments to stop importing Iranian oil.

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He declined to say specifically where they were located, but said it was in the southern Golan, near the Jordanian border. Israel said the group was around 200m (656ft) from an Israeli fence in the zone, delineated by Israel and Syria in 1974.

It said this was part of a pre-planned plot by the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia to exploit economic tensions inside Iran.

India's imports from Iran could start to slow from August as some big Indian refiners worry that their access to the US financial system could be cut off if they continue to import Iranian oil, prompting them to reduce oil purchases from Tehran.

"It's a jittery feel here, as long as we have Iranian sanctions uncertainty and tariff uncertainty, and it doesn't take much to spark a significant swing one way or the other", said Jim Ritterbusch, an analyst in Galena, Illinois.

The matter is awkward for Germany because the government is also committed to keeping alive the 2015 deal it, along with the U.S. and other world powers, signed with Iran which provides incentives in exchange for Tehran not pursuing a nuclear weapon.

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During a trip to Austria on Wednesday, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said the process was "heading for no deal by accident". Members of the nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to raise the base rate from 0.5% to 0.75%.

Some sanctions will take effect from August 6 while others, notably on the petroleum sector, will take effect on Nov 4. However, only 13 planes have been delivered since sanctions on Iran were lifted under the nuclear pact.

She said the collapse in the rial, which has lost more than half its value since April, was driven by people rushing to secure their savings in dollars because they lack faith in the government.

Some smaller foreign companies have vowed to get around the USA sanctions but large multinational firms such as France's Total and Peugeot, and Germany's Siemens have already announced they'll abide by the sanctions.

It is not yet clear how all this will affect ordinary Iranians, but a Western diplomat in Tehran who monitors the economy said prices of basic foods were already creeping up.

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"There is a massive loss of confidence in the financial system and the government's ability to control things and withstand sanctions".

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